Dimond Clarity

Rally to Keep Bruce Pearl, 3/20/11 (via Wyoming_Jackrabbit)

By now, many of you have seen the "dimond" photo from Sunday's Bruce Pearl rally.  It went a little viral when Chris Vernon put it up on TwitPic, and has since had a bit of an attribution mix-up.  Kris Budden of WBIR thought it was one of her photos and responded in kind to a Josh Ward tweet about it.  (Here's her picture.)  In actuality, the photo that Vernon put up was taken by my better half and placed on her flickr account.  (See attribution in the caption to the right.)  After a little bit of back-and-forth between various people, we got everything sorted out.  Bottom line: it's not really a big deal.

But since we Vols fans love these so much, here's the timeline:

Both photos were taken at the same rally, probably only a couple minutes apart.  Kris got hers online first, as it was taken on a phone and uploaded immediately to TwitPic.  (How that picture didn't go viral on the same day, I'll never understand.)  Later that evening, our picture was downloaded from our camera and put up on flicker.

From there, our photo eventually wormed its way to Vernon's TwitPic account, and you know the rest.  Kris was using her phone to reply to Josh Ward; from a phone's screen, it would be easy to glance at the photo and think it was a cropped version of the one she took.  Looking closely, you can see the different angles and shadows, but Kris was on the go at that point.  One Twitter flurry later and it's all clear.  I've been in contact with Kris and we had a good laugh over the whole thing.

Now, as for Chris Vernon.  I don't know where he got the photo from and haven't had a chance to talk to him yet, but it should be attributed to either my wife's flickr account or Rocky Top Talk.  She makes all her photos freely available for distribution and only asks for attribution.   Fair is fair.

So, that particular photo should be properly attributed.  However, it's not like Kris was in any way malicious - just an honest mistake that I would just as easily make myself.  The one that went viral is ours, but that doesn't take away from Kris's photo on its own merits.

Hope that clears everything up.  And thanks to those who gave me a heads-up on the kerfuffle and took up on it.

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